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William Volker's Legacy | Pandemic Retirement Plans

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: Started in 1932 the William Volker Charities Fund focused on progressive social programs for the less fortunate in Kansas City but after his death was used to aggressively support a "procapitalist, pro-Christian, and anticommunist agenda."

The name Volker will soon be replaced by Dr. Martin Luther King on street signs in Kansas City. But few know the story of the man whose name adorned the boulevard for decades. William Volker’s life was more than an immigrant success story. Known for his charitable works, Volker’s money would go on after his death to fuel libertarian and conservative ideology well into the 1960s.

  • Michael J. McVicar, associate professor, Department of Religion, Florida State University

Segment 2, beginning at 29:00: How the pandemic is impacting retirement plans.

For some thinking about retirement in the past year, the pandemic was the sign that the time was right. For others, the coronavirus meant rethinking leaving the labor force. “There’s a lot of economic uncertainty out there because the pandemic is not over,” says David Jackson.

  • Barbara McMahon, president of Innovest Financial Partners in Brookside
  • David Jackson, financial advisor with Modern Horizons Wealth Advisors

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Steve Kraske is an associate teaching professor of journalism at UMKC, a political columnist for The Kansas City Star and has hosted "Up to Date" since 2002. He worked as the full-time political correspondent for The Star from 1994-2013 covering national, state and local campaigns. He also has covered the statehouses in Topeka and Jefferson City.
Danette (Danie) Alexander first came to KCUR in 2007 as an intern for Up to Date after completing her B.A. in Communications at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. After her KCUR internship was completed, Danie continued to spend her mornings assisting senior producer Stephen Steigman as a volunteer with the show. Her radio experience also includes stints with public radio's New Letters on the Air as a broadcast engineer and on local public radio as host of a weekly overnight call-in show.